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I was surprised by the harsh criticism from Mikhail Gorbachev directed at "bulldozers full advisers" pouring into Kiev to influence internal Ukrainian affairs.

Milhail Gorbachev: Ukrainians must get rid of all mentors and advisers from the U.S. and the EU

KIEV (UNN) February 23 - Last thing - it's to give advice to people, we should not interfere, not incite. This way the first Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev commented on developments in Ukraine, UNN reported citing Russian media.

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"Let sit at the negotiating table: there is a need to talk - let them talk a month, they want to negotiate six months - let them negotiate," - Gorbachev said.

According to him, Ukrainians must get rid of all the "mentors and advisers" in the United States and the European Union. "Let the people decide." - said Gorbachev.

[Source Ukrainian News: UNN: "Михайло Горбачов"]

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1989. The Collapse of Communism in Eastern Europe

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by Oui on Tue Mar 4th, 2014 at 03:27:37 PM EST
The latter Ukraine Soviet history is interesting. Shcherbytsky was an old Brezhnev protege, active with purging dissidents. And his performance after Chernobyl was just appalling. Glastnost and Perestroika were lagging behind under Shcherbytsky, and even the popular Rukh was slow to emerge. That Ukraine should be an archetypical example of collapsing Soviet economy and citizen discontent. Shcherbytsky survived until 1989 in the Poltiburo - while Gorbachov showed insensitivity to prides of Ukraine and Kazachstan.
by das monde on Tue Mar 4th, 2014 at 05:17:31 PM EST
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